Catharsis (from Greek κάθαρσις katharsis meaning "purification" or "cleansing" or "clarification") is, e.g., the purification and purgation of emotions—particularly pity and fear—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration. It is a metaphor originally used by Aristotle in the Poetics, comparing the effects of tragedy on the mind of a spectator to the effect of catharsis on the body. New work shows that metaphor is not allowed in definitions for Aristotle and thus, for a number of other reasons, too, Aristotle could not have written himself the word katharsis in that location, which helps explain why no one in 1000 years has been able to translate it to the satisfaction of the specialists in Aristotle.

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  • Catharsis (from Greek κάθαρσις katharsis meaning "purification" or "cleansing" or "clarification") is, e.g., the purification and purgation of emotions—particularly pity and fear—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration. It is a metaphor originally used by Aristotle in the Poetics, comparing the effects of tragedy on the mind of a spectator to the effect of catharsis on the body. New work shows that metaphor is not allowed in definitions for Aristotle and thus, for a number of other reasons, too, Aristotle could not have written himself the word katharsis in that location, which helps explain why no one in 1000 years has been able to translate it to the satisfaction of the specialists in Aristotle. (en)
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  • Catharsis (from Greek κάθαρσις katharsis meaning "purification" or "cleansing" or "clarification") is, e.g., the purification and purgation of emotions—particularly pity and fear—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration. It is a metaphor originally used by Aristotle in the Poetics, comparing the effects of tragedy on the mind of a spectator to the effect of catharsis on the body. New work shows that metaphor is not allowed in definitions for Aristotle and thus, for a number of other reasons, too, Aristotle could not have written himself the word katharsis in that location, which helps explain why no one in 1000 years has been able to translate it to the satisfaction of the specialists in Aristotle. (en)
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